- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged the federal government to take retaliatory actions against businesses owned by nationals of South Africa in Nigeria
- The president of Ohanaeze, Nnia Nwodo, said that this move by the government will emphasise its firm position against xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa
- Nwodo said that there may be a continuation of the trend, if the federal government fails to carryout its suggestion
Following rampant xenophobic attacks against Nigerians, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged the federal government to take retaliatory actions on the businesses owned by nationals of South Africa in Nigeria.
In a statement by its president, Nnia Nwodo, the Igbo socio-cultural group on Friday, September 6, said that this move by the federal government will emphasise its firm stance against the ugly trend.
Nwodo said that failure of the government to do this will possibly lead to a repeat of attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
He said: “The federal government must be courageous enough to announce retaliatory measures that will make it clear that enough is enough.
“Such measures must address specific South African assets in Nigeria especially in the communication, oil, banking and aviation sectors.
“Not to do so will portray us as weak, encourage a reoccurrence of these dastardly attacks in the future and leave us a deeply angry and divided nation. Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide is anxious to see the federal government do the right thing this time around."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the House of Representatives had vowed that it must get compensation from the South African government for Nigerian victims of xenophobic attacks.
Moreover, at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, September 6, the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the lower chamber will help the victims get justice by assisting them in the prosecution against their attackers.
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